Friday, May 23, 2008

Suspected MySpace Predator Arrested


From 2007:

A Sound Beach man has been implicated in the sexual exploitation of at least five young boys contacted through the Internet. Detectives from the Computer Crimes Unit began investigating Joseph Burkett, 41, after an anonymous tip was made to Crime Stoppers He was arrested on Thursday.

The tip alleged that the adult male attempted to lure young boys using MySpace. The ages of the victims identified in the alleged sexual abuse range from 12 to 14.

Burkett, of 45 Shinnecock Drive, reportedly contacted the victims online, gave them presents and then demanded sexual favors. The defendant used the popular social networking site to meet with at least one of the boys.

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